Cool Friends: Ashley Harris of Don’t Let Disco

May 27, 2022

Meet Ashley, founder of beaded jewelry brand, Don’t Let Disco. We love Don’t Let Disco’s curated beads and colorful nostalgic pieces, so we caught up with Ashley to hear how she started her fun jewelry line.

How did you start Don't Let Disco, your beaded jewelry brand?

A hobby since high school, I weave together my decade of storytelling in the art world with the community of artisans and crafters who produce beads with cultural significance, energetic properties, inventive techniques, and sometimes just a great story. Each piece is designed to remind its wearer of the good times, the good vibes, life's fleeting yet beautiful moments that you don't want to let go of!

What's your favorite part about the New York creative community?

It's ingenuity, humor, and resilience.

What's inspiring you right now?

Right now, I'm really inspired by clay. It is a living material; it has energy, texture and temperature. I'm kind of obsessed with all aspects of ceramics and pottery. The glaze, the textures it can take on, the perfectly imperfect shapes. I've been sourcing a lot of small batch pottery beads right now from makers national and international. My partner must have noticed this because back in February he signed us up for a private class at BKLYN CLAY and now I'm totally hooked. It was also very therapeutic - almost healing! However, it's easier to get into Harvard than a membership to BKLYN CLAY, so I will continue to be an admirer and supporter.

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@dontletdisco on Instagram

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